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Family-friendly things to do March 10-13

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling, will perform a selection from the magnificent repertoire of Fantasia, including Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony,” all accompanied by high-definition animation on the big screen.
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling, will perform a selection from the magnificent repertoire of Fantasia, including Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony,” all accompanied by high-definition animation on the big screen.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10

Miami Children’s Museum: Voyage To Vietnam

Celebrate the Tet Festival and learn all about the Southeast Asian country with this new traveling exhibit, during which kids can explore instruments, create their own conical hats, add to the Ritual Tree of Thai, taste delicious spring rolls in a cooking session, and enjoy a Vietnamese puppet show by the MCM Players.

Details: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, running through May 8, at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy., Watson Island, Miami; www.miamichildrensmuseum.org; $18, $14 for Florida residents, free for kids under 12 months.

Young At Art Museum: Magic & Mayhem - The Art Of Iconic Toys

Your toy-loving tots will flip over this new exhibit that explores and showcases the cultural impact of iconic toys and the passion for collecting them, including two of the most popular brands over the past decade, “Transformers” and “My Little Pony.”

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, running through May 29, at the Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie; 954-424-0085 or www.youngatarmuseum.org; $14; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families.

Brain Power! Mindbender Mansion

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mindbender mansion

Kids will have a blast thinking outside the box at this eclectic exhibit full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem-solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Adults and children alike will enjoy exercising their minds as they try to master each of the 40 individual brain teasers and the five group activities.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, running through May 1, at the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637 or www.mods.org; $14, $12 kids 2-12.

Cirque Du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight

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Toruk

The latest acrobatic spectacle of beauty and power from Cirque du Soleil applies its unique, breathtaking style to James Cameron’s imaginary world from his movie “Avatar,” with a mythical tale set thousands of years before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, at the AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; Ticketmaster; $46-$130.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

Disney Classic: Mulan Jr.

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Mulan Jr.

Your little ones will delight as the tale of Mulan comes to life onstage. Follow this mystical, action-packed journey to ancient China based on Disney’s animated film about culture, honor, and the fighting spirit.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, running through March 20, at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Galleria Mall, 2542B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-763-6882 or www.flct.org; $24.50 advance, $28 at the door.

SATURDAY, MARCH 12

Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016: Day Out With Thomas

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ALLISON DIAZ FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine is chugging into the station to give lucky fans 25-minute rides and the chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway. In between, there’s a Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with Thomas-themed activities including live music, entertainers, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, and a storytelling and video viewing area. Rides leave every 45 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m.

Details: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd St., Miami; www.gcrm.org; $20.

Feeling Medieval? Florida Renaissance Festival

Get ready for the latest Ren-Fest chapter, with the fifth of seven themed weekends through March 27. This weekend’s theme, “Kilts & Colleens,” helps celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit early with a taste of the Scottish and the Celtic traditions of the North Seas. So wear green and feel the luck of the Irish! In between, enjoy more than 100 costumed performers, 10 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world.

Details: 10 a.m.-sunset Saturday and Sunday, running on weekends through March 27, at Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach; www.ren-fest.com; $21, $9 kids 6-11, free for 5 and under.

Pinto’s Farm: Easter Celebration

Get an early start on the Easter fun with one-of-a-kind egg hunts, paddle-boat rides, hay rides, a race track, tractor farm tours and access to the petting zoo.

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216th St., Miami; www.pintofarm.com; $19, kids under 2 free.

Watercolor Wonder: Family Day on Aragon

Fun-filled afternoon includes the Florida Watercolor Society Traveling Show, an exhibition of the very best in watercolor today, plus the chance to paint your very own watercolor masterpiece in a workshop led by members of the society. Later, enjoy a 3 p.m. musical performance by Justina Shandler.

Details: 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-603-8067 or www.coralgablesmuseum.org; free.

Musical Theatre For Young Audiences: Jungle Book

Sing along to this music-filled spectacle based on Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored stories of young Mowgli, who was raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, and his magical adventures growing up in the animal kingdom. Join Mowgli as he learns about friendship and survival with the help of friends like Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the lovable bear, and foils his nemesis, Shere Khan the tiger.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, running through March 18, at Actor’s Playhouse, Balcony Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293 or www.actorsplayhouse.org; $23.

Family Musical: Legally Blonde Jr.

Broadway hit adapted from the charming 2001 movie, starring Reese Witherspoon as a spunky law student who faces endless prejudice as a blonde, hits the local stage, bringing the self-empowering lesson to impressionable young minds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive.

Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, running through April 9, at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton; www.showtimeboca.com; $14, $10 kids under 12.

Family Festival Fun: Creole Carnival

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creole carnival Emeline

Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy this outdoor event revolving around Carnival, everybody’s favorite excuse for a party. Dance to a fusion of sounds from the Caribbean and Americas, from Brazil (Casuarina) to Haiti (Emeline Michel, the “Joni Mitchell of Haiti”) and Jamaica (Brushy One String).

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211th St., Miami; 786-573-5300 or www.smdcac.org; $28.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13

Miami Design District: Family Day

Among many kid-friendly activities, go on an art-filled scavenger hunt and explore the neighborhood’s public art through fun interactive clues with storyteller Stephen Kaiser — and if you can solve the riddles, you win a prize. Also, build an imaginary city filled with towers in different shapes and sizes alongside local artist Luis Garcia Nerey.

Details: 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Palm Court Event Space, third floor, 140 NE 39th St., Miami; www.miamidesigndistrict.net; free.

Live In Concert: Disney’s Fantasia

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Fantasia Live

Watch in awe as the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ted Sperling, performs a selection from the magnificent repertoire of the Disney movie, including Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony,” all accompanied by high-definition animation on the big screen.

Details: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org; $35-$125.

FREE FOR ALL

Memory Making: Second Saturdays At PAMM

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A view of the Pérez Art Museum (PAMM). David Santiago El Nuevo Herald

Kids can get inspired by the variety and depth of work by women artists in “Global Positioning Systems: Forms of Commemoration.” On the terrace, make a special work of art commemorating important people in your life using an assortment of exciting and unusual materials. Bring lunch or pick one up at Verde.

Details: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-375-3000 or www.pamm.org; free.

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